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Coming from someone who loves math
on December 11, 2007
I love math, and this book is full of math. Initially, Warren's book would have plenty of sex appeal for someone like me, slightly frustrated with the lack of mathematical rigour in Cullity's book.
Was I ever wrong.
In derivations, I feel there are many important small details missing. A variable is introduced without it ever appearing in a diagram, there are dubious reasons for various substitutions and cancellations, etc.
The breaking point was my stray into Warren's book at the beginning of Chapter 13. Hapless little ol' me wanted to see the Scherrer equation for particle size derived from first principles. On the second page of the derivation, a vector s' is introduced...without it ever being (explicitly?) included in the diagram. Furious, I minimized my Word document, pounded Amazon's URL out on the keyboard....
...which brings me to now. If this book had mathematical soundness, I'd be the king of X-ray diffraction. I really, REALLY want to like this book. Either Warren had already visualized how it made sense in his mind and forgot to write it down, or didn't bother to make it more straightforward. Which means he's either a freaking genius or monstrously inconsiderate.